Board members

The Trustees of Athens College in Greece are the standard bearers of the school’s mission. Members represent a variety of professional and academic disciplines, and provide the ethical governance, guidance and resources to advance the work of school and ensure its future.


George A. Antoniadis

AC ‘80, Treasurer

George A. Antoniadis is the founder, president and CEO of PlaneSense, Inc. Founded in 1995, PlaneSense is one of the three industry leaders in the aircraft fractional ownership space globally. Mr. Antoniadis earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. Before establishing PlaneSense, Mr. Antoniadis was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc.


Nicholas G. Bacopoulos

AC ’67

Nicholas Bacopoulos received his B.A. degree from Cornell College and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He completed postgraduate studies at Yale University and joined the Dartmouth Medical School faculty. Dr. Bacopoulos served as Executive Director of Biology and Senior Director of Corporate Strategic Planning at Pfizer Inc. where he led the research which resulted in Pfizer’s neuroscience and cancer pipelines. He also served as President or C.E.O. of several biotechnology companies including OSI Pharmaceuticals, Anaderm Research Corporation, Aton Pharmaceuticals and Mersana Pharmaceuticals, which produced additional cancer drugs or were acquired by major pharmaceutical companies.

Peter C. Canellos

Peter Canellos was a partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.  He graduated from Columbia University (A.B. in 1964 and L.L. B. in 1967) specializing in tax law. Mr. Canellos has been active in the affairs of the Greek American community for many years, and a Trustee of Athens College since 1994.


George D. Dangas

AC ‘83

He is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Surgery (Vascular) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, a Founding Physician of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York City and Professor of Cardiology at his alma mater National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He has received multiple professional distinctions from international societies and served as a Trustee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) and as President of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York for several years.


Maria-Lisa Farmakidis

AC ‘91

Maria-Lisa Farmakidis is an Executive Director in the Debt Capital Markets Division of Standard Chartered Bank in New York City. She is responsible for covering North American Corporates across sectors with a focus on global funding solutions. Prior to this, Maria-Lisa held various positions with JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, PIMCO and Deutsche Bank.

Maria-Lisa is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa, and holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.

Maria-Lisa mentors students in Technology Entrepreneurship at the at the City College of New York and regularly serves as a judge in entrepreneurship competitions run by The MIT Enterprise Forum European Chapters. She is currently in training to become a Docent at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Dimitri H. Gondicas

AC ‘74

Dimitri Gondicas is the Director of the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University and a lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Hellenic Studies Department. He is the co-founder of the Princeton Club of Greece, and directs alumni relations for the Seeger Center. He is the co-author of Greek Today: A Course In Modern Greek Language and Culture which was supported by the Ivy League Language Consortium.  He was honored by the Academy of Athens for his long-term contributions to Hellenic Studies and Greek scholarship.


Robert A. McCabe

Vice Chairman

Robert McCabe is Chairman of Pilot Capital Corporation, a member firm of the National Association of Securities Dealers founded in 1987.  Previously, he had been a Partner, and Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.  Mr. McCabe received his A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1956 and his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1958.


Yannis Manuelides

AC ‘76, Secretary

Yiannis Manuelides is a partner at the law firm of Allen & Overy in London. A graduate of Princeton University (AB Philosophy, 1980), University of Chicago (MA Philosophy, 1983) and Cambridge University (BA Law 1985), he is an English qualified lawyer and former member of the Paris Bar.  He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, a trustee of the Hellenic Foundation, and a member of the International Law Association’s working group on Sovereign Debt.


G. Williamson Mcdiarmid

Bill McDiarmid is Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at UNC-Chapel Hill and University Chair Professor at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, where he is also co-chair of the Global Deans Forum. He received a B.A. with Highest Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1969 and a doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 1984.  Professor McDiarmid taught History and English at Athens College from 1973-77.  He subsequently taught at five U.S. universities, including Michigan State and the University of Washington.

Alexandros P. Michas

AC ’76, Chairman

Alexandros Michas is the Founder and the Managing Partner of Juniper Investment Company, LLC, a private investment firm that owns control positions in public and private companies. He graduated from Athens College in 1976, received his A.B. in 1980 from Harvard College and M.B.A. in 1984 from Harvard Business School. Mr. Michas has served on the board of directors of more than twenty public and private companies across various industries.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board of BorgWarner Inc., the lead director of PerkinElmer, Inc., and a director of the privately held Theragenics Corporation and Atlantic Investment Management.  Mr. Michas and his wife Cayré live in New York City.  They have three grown children, Jason (27), Zoe (25) and Gordon (23).


Judge E. Leo Milonas

Judge Milonas graduated from Brooklyn Law School with an L.L.B. in 1960.  He served as an Associated Justice for the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department from 1982 to 1998 and he was Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York from 1993 to 1995.  Judge Milonas also served as president of the New York City Bar association from 2002 to 2004.  Judge Milonas is currently a partner at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

Nikolaos D. Monoyios

CFA,  AC ‘68

Nicholas Monoyios holds a B.A. in Economics, Magna cum Laude, from Princeton University, and an M.A in Economics and M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University. Mr. Monoyios is a private investor and co-owner of Eagle Valley Ranch LLC in Salmon, Idaho.  He retired as senior vice president and head of the Main Street Team of mutual funds at Oppenheimer Funds in 2008.  He was named to Barron’s Top 100 Fund Managers list for five consecutive years.

Dr. Alexander Nehamas

AC ‘64

Professor Nehamas is professor of Philosophy and Comparative literature at Princeton University. He graduated from Athens College in 1964 and received a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College in 1967 and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1971.  Professor Nehamas has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of California/Berkeley. He was recognized by the Academy of Athens for his contributions to Hellenic Studies in 2003.

Petros K. Sabatacakis

Petros K. Sabatacakis

AC ‘65

Petros Sabatacakis served as the Senior Risk Manager of Citigroup Inc. As part of his responsibilities, he chairs the “Windows on Risk” Committee, the corporation’s most senior forum for reviewing risk tolerance and practices.  Mr. Sabatacakis has broad international experience in commercial banking, investment banking and insurance. He earned three degrees from Columbia University:  B.A., M.B.A and Ph.D. in economics and econometrics.


Vasilios S. Salapatas

AC ‘55

Dr. Salapatas was the Managing Director of Helliniki Halyvourgia S.A.  He graduated from Athens College in 1955 and continued his studies at the National Technical University where he graduated in 1960. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from M.I.T. in 1961 and 1966.  Dr. Salapatas actively participated in numerous Greek organizations.  He joined the Board of Trustees in 1992.


Christos Sclavounis

AC ‘76  

Christos Sclavounis pursued his career in Investment Banking and headed the UBS Greek and CEE team for nearly twenty years. Between 2013 and 2015 he served as Chairman of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. He is currently partner in an advisory and restructuring firm with a presence in London and Athens.  He received his B.S. and M.S. Economics degrees from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Jeff Wachtel

Jeff Wachtel is the first executive director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. He served as senior assistant to Stanford’s President John Hennessy from 2000-2016. In this role, he provided advice and counsel to President Hennessy and represented the President’s Office to individuals and organizations within and outside the university. Mr. Wachtel holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and psychology from Stanford, a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is the 2017 recipient of the Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award, which recognizes exceptional service to Stanford University.  Mr. Wachtel has maintained his connection with Athens College since he was a high school exchange student on campus, an experience that deepened his appreciation of Greece and international exchange.